It is all to be blamed on the Corona Virus that the economy of almost all the countries has shaken and even for the citizens, it is a task to cope-up with the situation economically.
Australia is known to be one of those countries that sustain its “work-age population” through Migration and now the situations seem to be out of control.
The current situation in Australia:
Many people currently living in Australia have lost their livelihood because of the current COVID-19 pandemic and the skilled labor required to tackle this critical situation is quite less. For example, health workers play a vital role in handling this situation but the healthcare industry suffers a shortage of skilled professionals to lay hands during the time of the pandemic. Not only the medical sector, but there are also various other sectors from where people have lost their jobs and now are in a stressful mess, as per an article by the “Mail Online”. Now, About 1 Million Australian nationals are looking for jobs and get back to their livelihood, which directly affects the Migrated Skilled Workers in the country.
Measures taken by the Australian government to tackle this situation:
Immigration Minister Alan Tudge made a statement suggesting the reduction of the Migrants for the industries that are allowed to hire skilled foreign workers.
The Australian government introduced a commission during this pandemic called “The National Skills Commission” which helped the government to figure out which Industry has skill shortage, so it becomes an approachable unestimated outcome for the future. Whereas the commission’s report divided the occupational hazard into Short term and Medium-term.
Mentioned that there are 242 occupations on the short term skilled migration for the stay of Two years, including farmers, dog trainers, and bishops, whereas the medium term had 267 jobs where the migrant gets a PR after three years and this includes openings for nurses, accountants, zookeepers, locksmiths.
The migration shake-up
The figure of migrant Visa holders who wished to get settled in Australia is expected to reduce from what it is updated as of March, which is 139,331, but as of now, the migrants can stay in the country even if their job is off the list, provided they keep the same employer.
The migrants who are currently employed as skilled labor are considered to be the net contributors of the economy as they pay the taxes but are not allowed for the medical care provisions and few others.
Expected changes to migration post COVID-19
The occupation list for the migrated workforce is hoped to be updated after the pandemic to meet the needs of the economy and Australia will have to rely on Immigrants for the growth of their economy. The situations are not appealing but still with a ray of hope we all move on each day hoping for a new beginning or a fresh start, but for the time being Australians will have to upgrade to new skills which will open a new era of opportunities for them. Immigration to Australia post-COVID can be a smart move as it might open a new set of opportunities and educational expansion.
The exact scenario post-COVID-19 is still imaginary but for surviving in this growing and changing world a small change in self is mandatory.